Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai

April 3, 2020

Location: Throughout the United Arab Emirates

The U.S. Mission to the UAE is sending a daily update to ensure all U.S. citizens in the UAE have the latest information about COVID-19 and local conditions.      

Event:  UAE authorities on April 2 suspended entry for valid visa holders outside the UAE, including resident visas, for two additional weeks.  This suspension still applies to holders of valid UAE resident visas.  UAE resident visa holders outside the UAE are encouraged to register online with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Local media reported on April 2 the planned departureof limited Emirates Airlines flights from Dubai beginning April 6 to various destinations including Europe.  Currently, there are no flights scheduled to fly to the United States.

Local media reported on April 1 that visitors to the UAE are exempt from overstay fines for three months.

UAE authorities cancelled all previously issued permits for movement between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and reiterated that movement during these hours is for emergencies only.  Unauthorized persons out during these hours for non-emergencies may be subject to strict penalties.  There now is no mechanism to request a permit for movement during the restricted hours.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention on March 28 extended the UAE initiative to disinfect public facilities, including roads, until April 5.  From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, public transport will be shut down and movement restricted.   Failure to adhere to movement restrictions could result in fines.  Fines may also be assessed for failing to follow social distancing protocols, for driving with more than three people in a car, and for organizing or attending social gatherings, meetings, or public celebrations.

Effective March 29, U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and U.S. Consulate General Dubai went to minimal staffing.  Consular Sections will continue to provide the following emergency services to U.S. citizens:  renewing expired passports or passports expiring within 6 months; processing applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad; and processing Consular Reports of Death Abroad.  U.S. citizens may request an emergency appointment through email by contacting the Embassy at AbuDhabiACS@state.gov or the Consulate at DubaiACS@state.gov.

Actions to Take:

  • Enroll in the STEP program at https://step.state.gov/ to receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
  • Encourage other U.S. citizens to enroll in the STEP program.
  • Confirm the validity of your travel documents, including passports and visas.
  •  Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information.
  •  For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  •  Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  •  Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  •  Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the UAE.
  •  Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.

Assistance:

U.S. citizens looking for options to return to the United States can email American Citizen Services at abudhabiacs@state.gov (for Abu Dhabi) or dubaiacs@state.gov (for Dubai and other emirates) orcall the U.S. Department of State Repatriation Task Force at 1-888-407-4747 from the U.S. and Canada or +1-202-501-4444 from overseas.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security and health updates.